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True Story, True Love, Valentine's date becomes a disasterMy first Valentine's Day Dinner with my husband, (then just a boyfriend), ended up being a threesome. No, we didn't have sex with a third party. It was a little misunderstanding about who Dan was actually with that night. It was a Church Youth Group Valentine's Day Dinner, and everyone was dressed in fancy gowns and suits. It was a formal dinner with music and fun. A prom date, sort of, for the Youth Group at our church.
|my husband and I pre-marriage, 1980|
Dan and I were dating for about six weeks by then. We had bought the tickets as a couple. I had a lovely long dress, a gunnie sack gown and Dan was decked out in a smart pinstripe suit of grey. I was looking forward to this special date, our first Valentine's Day as a couple that would launch into a 35 year (to date) love affair. The table for the dinner was a long one, being in a church hall. We took our seats, and were enjoying ourselves immensely, for about five minutes.
Darlene, a sweet older woman who was developmentally challenged, came to sit on the other side of Dan. She was alone at the party and she had a huge crush on him. She kept poking him on the shoulder when he was talking to me throughout the night, or if he were trying to hold my hand. I remember being a little frustrated at the time. Dan, being a true knight and a gentleman, was kind to her and we both just smiled through it. The situation became somewhat of a strain after an hour or so, as Darlene seemed to be under the impression that she was Dan's date for the evening. So, we endured that first Valentine's Day date as a couple, and now we look back on it and laugh, some 35 years later. To make up for the disaster Valentine's dinner that night, Dan took me out to very restaurant Villa Roma a few evenings later. True story, true love.
So, as part of this blog hop, we are all sharing things that make a great Valentine's gift. These would be my choices;
1. Trip to France to kiss at the Eiffel tower
2. An evening in an Irish Castle, with a roaring fire in the hearth, a candlelight dinner for two, with me in a silk evening gown ...... yeah, I know, I'm wishing pretty hard. A girl can dream.
3. A day and a night in the Caribbean, at an exclusive resort on the ocean.
4. A night at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (PAC) to hear a classical concert or see a play.
>>> Notice I'm getting closer to home as we descend, and closer to reality. Fox Cities PAC is actually about an hour and 30 minutes from me, and Dan and I have been there a few times.
5. Dinner at an exclusive gourmet restaurant in Green Bay, like the Black & Tan on Walnut street. Yep, been there too, many times for special events and it's really quite possible we will go there again for V-Day. It's only a half hour or so from our home. The food is served as an art form so it is very elegant--and pricey!
Combine 4 and 5, you have a realistic heaven.
So, yeah, I'd love a diamond necklace or a new Mercedes, too. Maybe a day at the spa ...
Dreaming is good, as long as it doesn't give you a dissatisfaction with your reality.
Don't forget to visit these lovely romance writer's blogs as part of our hop, as many are offering gifts of love as well.